Forty-five bills are pending in the Rajya Sabha, some of these introduced around 30 years ago, while the Lok Sabha is yet to dispose of five bills at the end of last session of Parliament in May.The bills pending in Rajya Sabha include the contentious Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2014, known as the GST Bill, which was moved in the Upper House in August last year after being passed by Lok Sabha. Another key bill is the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was moved in December last year but the discussion on it remained inconclusive.
In the Budget and Monsoon sessions this year, this bill could not be taken up. In the Lok Sabha, important bills pending include the Consumer Protection Bill 2015 and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015. Indicating that the long-pending GST Bill can see a forward movement in the next session of Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had yesterday expressed confidence that "legislation activity" can proceed at a faster face with the increase in strength of those parties which support the bills in the Rajya Sabha and do not "obstruct" proceedings.
He was asked about the implications of results of the recent Rajya Sabha elections that saw a dip in Congress' number, and the prospect of the GST Bill which is being blocked by the main Opposition party seeking amendments